Frequently Asked Questions About the Sword of Gryffindor

The Harry Potter saga is a marvelous world full of magical entities and wondrous objects which can only exist in fiction. Perhaps the most exciting object that Harry comes into contact during his journey into battling the loathsome Lord Voldemort, is the Sword of Gryffindor. There are some common questions that readers ask themselves when they read the franchise. In this article you will get the answers to them all.

How did Neville get the Sword of Gryffindor?

Neville Longbottom is one character who is ridiculed by everyone throughout the story for being meek and quiet. In the Deathly Hallows, when Harry is pretending to be dead in the pivotal moment leading up to the final battle and all hopes seem to be lost, Neville steps up to Lord Voldemort when no one else would. Voldemort causes the Sorting Hat to levitate over his head and casts a spell to make it burst into flames. That is when the Sword appears inside the hat and presents itself to Neville in his time of need, proving that he is finally a worthy Gryffindor. The Sword has historically been presenting itself to worthy Gryffindors during times of desperation.

Why did the Sword of Gryffindor disappear from Griphook?

When the Gringotts goblins break the news of Harry’s intrusion to Voldemort, Griphook still has the sword with him. Upon hearing this news, Voldemort gets livid and kills every goblin on sight, including Griphook. Since Griphook was not a worthy Gryffindor, the sword disappears from his hand, to be presented to a worthy Gryffindor in the future, even if goblins were the original manufacturers of the Sword.

How did Harry learn that the Sword of Gryffindor could destroy Horcruxes?

In the Deathly Hallows, it is mentioned that the Sword is goblin-made and Dumbledore had used to Sword to destroy MarvoloGaunt’s ring. The portrait of Phineas Nigellus in the headmaster’s office informs that the goblin-made objects take in anything which makes it stronger. Harry and Hermione realize that the sword had absorbed basilisk venom in the Chamber of Secrets, which had enabled it to destroy the ring, which was a horcrux. Hence, it would be able to destroy other horcruxes too.

How did the Sword of Gryffindor get in the pond?

Dumbledore’s portrait had commanded Severus Snape to somehow guide Harry to the real Sword without knowing it was Snape giving it to him, in case Voldemort would find out Snape’s true allegiances through Legilimency on Harry. Snape had hidden the Sword under a lake in the Forest of Dean and he produces a Patronus to lead Harry to it.

How did Bellatrix get the Sword of Gryffindor?

In the Deathly Hallows, Ginny Weasley had tried to steal the Sword from the headmaster’s office. After that incident, Snape gave the Sword, or rather, a copy of it, to Bellatrix Lestrange and told her to store it in her vault at Gringotts.

Whose Patronus showed Harry the Sword of Gryffindor?

It was the Patronus of Snape, which was the form of a doe. It was the same Patronus as Lily, Harry’s mother. It lures him to the lake where the Sword waits for him.

Why does the Sword of Gryffindor only appear to Harry Potter?

Throughout the story, Harry gets in dire situations and the sword presents itself to him. In the Chamber of Secrets, the sword appears when he needs it to kill the Basilisk to save Ginny.

What would happen if the Sword of Gryffindor was hit by Avada Kedavra?

It cannot absorb the powers of curses; it can only absorb physical things which make it stronger, such as basilisk venom. Hence nothing would happen.

What would happen if Voldemort got the Sword of Gryffindor?

Voldemort would make it into a horcrux since he had an affinity for objects with mystical and emotional values. However, the horcrux in the Sword would be destroyed when Harry would use it to kill the Basilisk inside the Chamber of Secrets. Additionally, it would gain the power to obliterate the other horcruxes too.

So, there you have it: all your burning questions about the Sword of Gryffindor, answered. Hopefully now you can understand this mystical object a bit better and your Harry Potter experience is enhanced.